Q: I’ve heard that certain sugars are good for you – even vital for your overall health. If that’s true, isn’t glycation unavoidable?

A: To a certain extent, glycation is something that both can’t and shouldn’t necessarily be avoided. Sugar – especially the good kind found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains – is actually vital to our health because of the role it plays in energy metabolism (it’s essentially fuel for both our cells and bodies). That said, there’s definitely an incentive to avoid the bad sugars such as white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and the ones found in simple carbs like white bread and pasta, which studies have shown speed up the rate of glycation by 10 times compared with glucose, according to Elle. When you’re craving carbs, reach for whole grains and brown rice as healthier alternatives that offer less glucose.

Q: I haven’t been sleeping well, and it’s written all over my face. Are there any beauty products that can help me look well-rested?

A: There are definitely certain products and beauty tricks that can come to the rescue after a sleepless night. Refinery29 recommends freezing two spoons while you get ready in the morning. Once chilled, gently press them into your eye sockets (with the curved side facing your skin). Be sure to apply the spoons to your under-eyes to help reduce any puffing – and to avoid dreaded dark circles. A hydrating eye cream such as Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing and Antiwrinkle Eye Cream can help further reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness by firming and tightening your skin.

Q: I know exercising is important for the health of my skin, but I can’t seem to find the time – especially since it’s hard to turn down plans for the sake of a workout. Help!

A: In terms of finding the time to work out, it’s easier to stick to a workout schedule when you commit to it in advance. On Sunday night, take the time to plan out your workouts for the week. Morning workouts can be a good solution when your evenings are all booked up (just make sure you’re getting to bed a bit earlier to compensate). If you struggle with the follow-through, signing up for classes or making a plan to go with a friend can help hold you accountable – and provide a good excuse if anyone asks you to make plans.

Q: For years I’ve been getting my brows done by a professional, but I want to do them myself to save some money. Do you have any tips for grooming your eyebrows at home?

A: Since you’ve visited a professional before, just follow the shape that your technician designed – it should suit your features. However, if it’s been a long time since you’ve visited a pro and the shape has already grown out, start by brushing your eyebrows upward with the Jane Iredale Brow Brush Combo. To find where your brows should start, hold a brow pencil along the side of your nose up to your brows and pluck the stray hairs using tweezers like the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer in Pretty in Pink. Measure the length of your brow by holding the pencil diagonally from one nostril to the outer corner of your eye. You can pluck any hairs that fall below your pencil. Your arch should be straight up from the outer edge of your iris. Don’t go overboard with your tweezing – a natural look is trendy and youthful.

Q: My lips get very chapped and painful during winter even though I use lip balm. What can I do to help my lips?

A: Chapped lips are very common during winter when your face is exposed to chilly winter air. According to WebMD, liberally applying beeswax or petroleum jelly will lock in hydration and help protect lips from the dry air. Try a product like RMS Beauty Lip Balm – Simply Vanilla, which has coconut oil and beeswax for deep hydration.


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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex This three-dimensional treatment contains a unique combination of ingredients to dramatically improve severe signs of intrinsic aging around the eyes in mature skin. Immediately, optical diffusers improve radiance and minimize the appearance of dark circles and capillaries. Within four to twelve weeks, a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides strengthens blood vessel walls, improves lymphatic drainage, and eliminates hemoglobin’s colored end-products to dramatically improve dark circles and puffiness. By twelve weeks and beyond, blueberry extract interrupts the formation of advanced glycation end-products (A.G.E.) and Proxylane restores water and nutrient content to the dermal epidermal junction (D.E.J.) to increase skin elasticity and thickness for dramatic improvement of wrinkles and crow's feet. "
Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum - Fragrance Free This serum uses a concentrated form of an exclusive amino-peptide complex and combines it with Olay moisture to offer the maximum regeneration and hydration. This formula leaves your skin feeling velvety smooth and is designed for everyday use."
Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser is a creamy, no-rinse milk cleanser formulated to gently remove makeup and cleanse skin. For sensitive and dry to very dry skin. "

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